Erby's Turn To Rake


Children - Grade 4th-6th
34 Pages
Reviewed on 12/07/2012
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Author Biography

Erby's Turn to Rake was written by Christopher Epling shortly after he arrived home from a deployment to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division. Each illustration is hand drawn using prima-color pencils with no computer generated mediums outside of the layout for pages of the book itself. This, combined with the challenges Epling faced in his own life as he created the work, helped in creating a very personal touch for Erby's Turn to Rake. The development of this book took over three years to complete.

About the Author: Christopher Epling is an award winning cartoonist from Kentucky. His works won him the 2012 Kentucky Press Association Mark of Excellence Award in Editorial Cartooning. Christopher was named Artist to Watch 2012 by comicsrelated.com. His first book,

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

"Erby’s Turn to Rake" by Christopher Epling is a delightful chapter book. The cover immediately caught my attention with its bright colors and odd looking creatures called Polliwogs. The other polliwogs were doing their chores while Erby lay in his bed sleeping. He heard them asking about him but he still didn’t want to get up. It was Erby’s turn to rake and Mr. Bullock was looking for him. Erby could only see two choices, to run away or to face Mr. Bullock. He decided to run away and became lost. The polliwogs believed Erby had wandered too far from the village and became food for the Kroftymofts. Mr. Bullock was concerned and Erby missed his snack. Erby continued to travel moving farther from his village, while the village became more and more concerned. So continues Erby’s journey and adventures.

"Erby’s Turn to Rake" is a tale about facing responsibilities. Christopher Epling has created a superb tale that will hold a child’s attention. The illustrations are breathtaking. Epling is both the author and the illustrator. Epling began writing this tale while he was deployed. As he thought about family and home the plot began to take shape in his mind. Thus Erby was born. Though this is considered a chapter book the chapters are very short and easy to read. The illustrations bring the characters to life. There is a message in this that can be shared between guardian and child, a message of love, responsibility and care. Mr. Bullock cares enough to face his fears and go looking for Erby, just as most parents love their child enough to keep them safe, warm and protected. I highly recommend "Erby’s Turn to Rake" for preschool through sixth grade. Well done Mr. Epling.

Bobby Sullivan

I encourage all schools and parents to take a look at "Erby's Turn to Rake by Christopher Epling. This book has a wonderful children's story. It would allow you family time with your kids too. In the meantime the children can enjoy the great drawings too. Yes this children's book should be part of your collections of books in your home or school. You will not be disappointed either. FIVE STARS...